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by sfchris
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:46 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"
Replies: 59
Views: 9366

Re: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"

The latest version of Sage severely corrupts toolbar configuration! Please do not install that Add-on unless you have a backup of your profile.

This happened to me and I am still recovering. Several other users have also reported this in the reviews.
by sfchris
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:02 am
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"
Replies: 59
Views: 9366

Re: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"

^^^ I've been using it for years. It's very compact, clean, no fluff. Sage :: Add-ons for Firefox Thank you. But I am kind of addicted to my.yahoo for news reading due to it's newspaper like layout and extreme compactness (which I have tweaked further using other extensions). You mentioned that you...
by sfchris
Thu Aug 31, 2017 8:58 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"
Replies: 59
Views: 9366

Re: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"

This is great! I am a holdout who still monitors most of my forums via RSS. Glad I can do it for BH. One suggestion: Could you eliminate the subforum name from the topic titles? It makes it hard to scan through the topic list because they are so similar and so long. Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/...
by sfchris
Thu Aug 31, 2017 9:36 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Help Customizing Streaming TV Options
Replies: 10
Views: 985

Re: Help Customizing Streaming TV Options

The short answer is that "unplugging" from cable TV is facing increased fragmentation, with the required streaming sites increasing along with the prices for each one. Depending on your needs, it is sports coverage that is going to cost you. You can pay for NFL Sunday Ticket streaming, but it is ver...
by sfchris
Wed Aug 30, 2017 7:14 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Umbrella Policy Coverage
Replies: 17
Views: 1691

Re: Umbrella Policy Coverage

This question has been asked many times and the bottom line is no one knows. Get at least one million and after that your guess is as good as mine. Yes. The OP should use the search. The other common advise is that umbrella insurance is not standardized and so every one is different. You really nee...
by sfchris
Mon Aug 07, 2017 8:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Eclipse viewing
Replies: 61
Views: 5800

Re: Eclipse viewing

We have tenative hotel reservations in the totality but would prefer to drive a couple hours from relative's houses. However, those people planning to drive from areas like Chicago might want to worry about the potential for hurricane evacuation style traffic. Many of the highways in the areas of th...
by sfchris
Mon Aug 07, 2017 2:18 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Cap One Money Market 1.1% - any need for CD's?
Replies: 4
Views: 481

Re: Cap One Money Market 1.1% - any need for CD's?

You can get at least 1.30% in a savings account.
by sfchris
Sun Jul 30, 2017 12:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Another bay area housing thread..
Replies: 143
Views: 14006

Re: Another bay area housing thread..

I see these Bay Area housing posts and I cringe. More power to the people that live there. What I find hard to believe is that there are no "glamorous" tech jobs in places such as Denver, Phoenix, Austin, Atlanta, Research Triangle, Dallas, Minneapolis or even Chicago where one could presumably buy...
by sfchris
Sat Jul 29, 2017 3:01 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Your "at peace" moments.
Replies: 98
Views: 11918

Re: Your "at peace" moments.

My SO sleeps 2-3 hours longer than me. On vacations near the ocean, I like to leave in the early morning and walk in the quiet with only my thoughts. And when at home, my favorite is putting on heavy boots and a good rain slicker and then walking in a city park during a downpour. (We almost never ge...
by sfchris
Sat Jul 29, 2017 1:51 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Anybody with substantial gains in FANG stocks ?
Replies: 22
Views: 2142

Re: Anybody with substantial gains in FANG stocks ?

I don't know anything about investing, that's why I am here at BH. I am also pretty bad at paying attention to my portfolio and have forgotten to look at it for years at a time. :| Occasionally, in the late 90s, I made small bets along the way and then lost nearly all of the money. :oops: All of thi...
by sfchris
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:30 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?
Replies: 66
Views: 4518

Re: A good VISA card for Gas & Groceries?

Alliant has a 3% cashback VISA. I use it for everything.
by sfchris
Sat Jul 08, 2017 6:24 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Why is it wrong to hold both? [Total Stock Market and 500 index]
Replies: 29
Views: 3483

Re: Why is it wrong to hold both? [Total Stock Market and 500 index]

You can easily end up holding both if you tax loss harvested and the value never dipped again. Heck I ended up with some VV that way.
by sfchris
Fri Jul 07, 2017 3:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Seeking advice on 1.2m (now 900K) house purchase
Replies: 188
Views: 12990

Re: Seeking advice on 1.2m house purchase

TuesdayGal wrote:
Anything else that I miss (especially Bay Area folks)?
If you can get a job in SF eventually, you might consider getting a rent controlled place here. It's not guaranteed long term due to CA Ellis evictions, but often times it works out and is quite a bit like owning.
by sfchris
Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:47 am
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?
Replies: 225
Views: 35374

Re: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?

When people say things like "25x investable assets" is that before tax or after tax? The tax on standard IRA withdrawls could be considerable in high tax states. Do I count them at 65% of their value for this purpose? You won't pay 35% effective tax on your IRA withdrawals. Unless you're withdrawin...
by sfchris
Tue Jul 04, 2017 5:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you splurge on?
Replies: 133
Views: 12342

Re: What do you splurge on?

High quality sporting event tickets. I used to spend similarly on live music. Saw the Stones, third row center. :D Still enjoying that one, to this day.
by sfchris
Tue Jul 04, 2017 4:10 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?
Replies: 225
Views: 35374

Re: What's the ideal safe retirement net worth target?

When people say things like "25x investable assets" is that before tax or after tax? The tax on standard IRA withdrawls could be considerable in high tax states. Do I count them at 65% of their value for this purpose?
by sfchris
Thu Jun 08, 2017 4:30 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Does anyone feel they missed out on AMZN, NFLX,TSLA?
Replies: 103
Views: 8327

Re: Does anyone feel they missed out on AMZN, NFLX,TSLA?

I have seen people here suggest that the Boglehead philosphy allows for a small amount of "play money", to gamble on individual stocks. Just not very much. I would agree. If you combine that with the "hold the stock forever" mentality, you could have a lot of fun as long as you stick to small amount...
by sfchris
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Employer life insurance versus personal life insurance
Replies: 16
Views: 1296

Re: Employer life insurance versus personal life insurance

At least at my company, if you leave the company or retire, the life insurance is terminated. Is that the case here? If so, the obvious answer is to keep your old plan.
by sfchris
Sun Jun 04, 2017 11:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Timing of Fed Estimated Tax Payments
Replies: 9
Views: 1021

Re: Timing of Fed Estimated Tax Payments

If I withdraw $10,000 tax deferred funds from my IRA both in February and November of this year, when are the Estimated Taxes due? Can I pay the estimated taxes for the February withdrawal on April 15th, then SKIP the June 15th and September 15 payments, and pay the taxes for the November withdrawa...
by sfchris
Tue May 30, 2017 12:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Rental cars and Lose of Use insurance
Replies: 29
Views: 2959

Re: Rental cars and Lose of Use insurance

Wow! I did!!! I checked and the credit card I used does cover Lose of Use. I called and they are secondary to my primary insurance. If you are planning on renting a lot of cars, follow up on this and consider getting a card that provides primary insurance. Then you won't get a ding to your insuranc...
by sfchris
Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:37 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incorrect 401k contribution reported on w-2 box 12a. Ramifications?
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Re: Incorrect 401k contribution reported on w-2 box 12a. Ramifications?

Take a look at your pay statements and 401k contribution records for last year and the year before. It is possible that a pay date right around the end of the year might have been credited in a different year than you expected. The biggest problem as I see it is if you are maxing out your contribut...
by sfchris
Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:03 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Incorrect 401k contribution reported on w-2 box 12a. Ramifications?
Replies: 3
Views: 491

Incorrect 401k contribution reported on w-2 box 12a. Ramifications?

My employer over reported my contributions to my 401k by $1300 on box 12a item D on my W-2.

Is there any reason I should go through the hassle to get them to correct this?
by sfchris
Mon Apr 10, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: easy access, high interest account
Replies: 8
Views: 1025

Re: easy access, high interest account

You can earn 1.05% at Alliant credit union.
by sfchris
Wed Apr 05, 2017 3:22 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Flights with limited pre-assigned seating benefits
Replies: 49
Views: 3505

Re: Flights with limited pre-assigned seating benefits

You are a stronger person than me. I would never book international travel without a solid guarantee of a non-middle seat.

A middle seat for 16 hours is just about my idea of what hell is like.
by sfchris
Wed Apr 05, 2017 12:16 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Deleting "Systemic" Files in Windows
Replies: 13
Views: 1564

Re: Deleting "Systemic" Files in Windows

I assume you are keeping Vista around for a good reason? What many technologists do when they need an old operating system around for occasional use is they create a virtual machine using Virtual Box. Then it is just a set of files that you can store on a spare hard drive and only pull it out when y...
by sfchris
Mon Nov 28, 2016 4:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Relocating from NY to CA for a job offer
Replies: 51
Views: 5623

Re: Relocating from NY to CA for a job offer

A 1.25 hr drive commute without traffic /= a commute 1.25 hr with traffic, the same way that a 1hr LIRR commuter train trip /= a 1hr NYC subway ride. Can you edit your post please? "/=" is meaningless. Perhaps you meant ">" or "!=". Better yet, spell it out without usi...
by sfchris
Thu Nov 17, 2016 2:40 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me do the HSA comparison math!
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Re: Help me do the HSA comparison math!

I've found that the following link has a pretty useful spreadsheet that you can use to run HSA comparisons: m Thank you! That calculator makes it so much more clear. And thanks SimpleSimon for the reminder about the tax savings on the full $3050- I had assumed that I would have to eventually pay ta...
by sfchris
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:40 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me do the HSA comparison math!
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Re: Help me do the HSA comparison math!

Sorry FiveK,

i know you are trying to help but I feel that the data I provided is all that is needed to do a comparison. I need help!

The tax savings is the fact that pre-tax money goes into the HSA account.
by sfchris
Thu Nov 17, 2016 4:36 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSA California: Has it been ruled on that deposits and capital gains are taxed immediately
Replies: 5
Views: 1854

HSA California: Has it been ruled on that deposits and capital gains are taxed immediately

A coworker is telling me that he thinks this is undecided by the courts. He points to the only place this is mentioned in CA tax documentation: m Line 8 – Taxable Interest "Interest or other earnings earned from a Health Savings Account (HSA) are not treated as taxed deferred. Interest or earni...
by sfchris
Thu Nov 17, 2016 1:00 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me do the HSA comparison math!
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Re: Help me do the HSA comparison math!

Thanks, but what I posted are real numbers (eg what I actually spent using comprehensive this year vs what I would have spent with HSA) along with the premium savings and employer seed money. No need to make any assumptions about the details of the insurance. Once I know how to do the comparison tak...
by sfchris
Wed Nov 16, 2016 9:03 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Help me do the HSA comparison math!
Replies: 7
Views: 981

Help me do the HSA comparison math!

I'm usually not too bad at math, but when I decided to try to compare my employers HSA offering to their comprehensive plan it is tying me up in knots. Can you help? Taxes: My marginal tax rate: 33%+1.4% = 34.4% California taxes HSA contributions unfortunately (9.3%) Too high income for FICO tax ben...
by sfchris
Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:20 pm
Forum: Forum Issues and Administration
Topic: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"
Replies: 59
Views: 9366

Re: The Forum is now "Feed friendly"

This is great! I am a holdout who still monitors most of my forums via RSS. Glad I can do it for BH.

One suggestion: Could you eliminate the subforum name from the topic titles? It makes it hard to scan through the topic list because they are so similar and so long.

Screenshot: https://i.imgur.com/mYaE93o.jpg
by sfchris
Tue Nov 08, 2016 2:44 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Ad Blockers Not Blocking
Replies: 24
Views: 2174

Re: Ad Blockers Not Blocking

Are you subscribing to a block list with Adblock Plus? If so, which one? You might choose a different list to subscribe to. Also, keep in mind that Adblock plus by default allows some "trusted sites" to display ads. It is possible that yahoo is on there. You have to go into the options and...
by sfchris
Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:49 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How to retire early (in your 30s or 40s)?
Replies: 173
Views: 26436

Re: How to retire early (in your 30s or 40s)?

It just depends on if you have access to a mega back door Roth or are self employed such as a physician. In these two situations that I can think of off the top of my head you could easily be putting back around 50k a year in tax deferred accounts or more. 50k a year over 10 years at a hypothetical...
by sfchris
Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Do insurance advisors exist?
Replies: 7
Views: 1076

Re: Do insurance advisors exist?

Wait until you try to get your head around umbrella insurance (there's no standard coverage, they are all different).

That's what insurance agents are for... you'll have to get reccomendations for a good (independent) one.
by sfchris
Fri Oct 21, 2016 3:27 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to transfer huge amount of data (>500 GB) to someone through the internet?
Replies: 88
Views: 6934

Re: How to transfer huge amount of data (>500 GB) to someone through the internet?

Mail a hard drive. Believe it or not Amazon accepts hard drives from its cloud customers. Its often the best solution.
by sfchris
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: pro's and con's of closing/reopening amazon.com account?
Replies: 31
Views: 3920

Re: pro's and con's of closing/reopening amazon.com account?

Amazon already knows all that info about you. They are not going to forget it and they know your real name. There are various privacy settings on browsers that can allow your current browsing to not be associated with your log in account. But if you create a new account you have to use your real nam...
by sfchris
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where can you get accurate historical stock quotes?
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Where can you get accurate historical stock quotes?

FYI, yahoo says it was high of 59.97. It closed at 58.81. Unadjusted, it closed at 117.63
by sfchris
Thu Oct 20, 2016 8:05 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: Where can you get accurate historical stock quotes?
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Where can you get accurate historical stock quotes?

I would trust yahoo. They've been doing it alot longer than the others.
by sfchris
Wed Oct 19, 2016 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 216
Views: 32511

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

I can attest the $300 credit per calendar year is currently working; however when I spoke with a rep recently, they said I wouldnt receive the credit until December of the year it was used (presumably to stop people from cancelling and taking $600 in a year). It's possible she didn't know what she ...
by sfchris
Wed Oct 19, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Chase Sapphire Reserve
Replies: 216
Views: 32511

Re: Chase Sapphire Reserve

It is actually $600 in travel credit since you receive $300 each calendar year.

This is a very very good deal, worth at a minimum $1150 if you do at least $600 in travel (which includes taxis and other transportation btw).
by sfchris
Wed Sep 07, 2016 11:10 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Prospective Employer Wants Salary History & Desired Salary
Replies: 265
Views: 22813

Re: Prospective Employer Wants Salary History & Desired Salary

I assume you guys are aware of the salary database called The Work Number, run by Equifax?

https://www.theworknumber.com/verifiers/

I was appalled to find out that employer feeds all of my paystubs into there so I guess I am out of luck when negotiating?
by sfchris
Mon Sep 05, 2016 11:06 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: ESPP W2 reporting
Replies: 9
Views: 1100

Re: ESPP W2 reporting

My understanding is that qualified ESPP sales are taxed in two components (assuming the stock appreciated) 1) The employer discount is reported as ordinary wages on your w-2 form 2) Any gains beyond the initial discount are taxable as LTCG (assuming held a year). My employer does not report #1 on o...
by sfchris
Tue Aug 23, 2016 5:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Vacation in Hawaii
Replies: 36
Views: 4859

Re: Vacation in Hawaii

I just got back from Hawaii - Big island 4 days, Maui 3 days... my first time. No kids. Now that I have this experience, and re-read this thread, I think where you go all depends on what you are looking for... eg are you a resort kind of person who isn't bothered by a crush of people, or are you a h...
by sfchris
Mon Aug 08, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Advice on visit to Yosemite
Replies: 38
Views: 3890

Re: Advice on visit to Yosemite

Re-watch the Shining movie before you go on vacation and then take a walk through the Ahwahnee Hotel making sure to pass by the elevators.
by sfchris
Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many of you have cut cord?
Replies: 172
Views: 16866

Re: How many of you have cut cord?

I use my parents Xfinity (Comcast) log in to watch any live cable TV I wish I could watch (occasional ESPN or TNT sporting event). It is Android, Apple or web browser only, but I have figured out how to watch in on my FireTV. But except for stuff like the NBA playoffs, I rarely use it. You haven't ...
by sfchris
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:44 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: HSBC Treating me like a Criminal
Replies: 62
Views: 5578

Re: HSBC Treating me like a Criminal

In this day and age, dealing with a large amount of cash is asking for trouble. Why didn't your parents write you a check?
by sfchris
Sat Jul 02, 2016 7:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How many of you have cut cord?
Replies: 172
Views: 16866

Re: How many of you have cut cord?

Cord cutting is easy these days unless you like sports. Then you have some challenges. I have MLB.TV and use a proxy to watch the home team (it's otherwise blacked out). ($25/month) I pay for NFL Sunday Ticket online only version (list price $330 a season, can be had for $100 if you know a student)....
by sfchris
Sat Jun 18, 2016 4:54 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Umbrella policy differences between insurers ?
Replies: 13
Views: 1679

Re: Umbrella policy differences between insurers ?

There is no standard for umbrella insurance and the policies vary widely. You'll need to find a good agent to know the differences. Here is an old paper done by a insurance agent from 2008 that gives you an idea of what I am talking about. The spreadsheet referenced in the article is pretty eye open...
by sfchris
Fri Jun 10, 2016 11:26 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?
Replies: 47
Views: 6327

Re: Is it worth it for us to purchase an umbrella policy?

In Northern California you can get umbrella insurance for around $150/million from places like AAA (after upgrading your underlying policies if needed). However, as I have mentioned in earlier threads that a big problem is that Umbrella Insurance is not standardized and most of them are very differe...